Local girls to connect with professional STEM women, gain insight into future careers
Adventure Science Center’s 15th annual TWISTER conference is set for Saturday, Feb. 11
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2017—From using technology to build communities to discussing some unsung science heroines, the 15th annual TWISTER conference at Adventure Science Center will be one to remember.
TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research) seeks to provide girls in 9th through 12th grade an opportunity to connect with female role models working in STEM fields while engaging in hands-on, real-life STEM activities and to empower their vision for the future.
“Providing such a unique opportunity to talk face-to-face with women who have already overcome many of the same hurdles these girls may encounter in the future is an invaluable experience,” said Tiffany Farmer, Ph.D., Director of Education & Community Engagement at Adventure Science Center. “Through TWISTER, we want to empower the girls to pursue careers in the STEM world without fears, connect them to new career pathways they never even imagined, and encourage them to keep their minds curious.”
The day begins with an opening ceremony, followed by four, 55-minute workshops on a wide-variety of STEM topics that focus on the girls individual interests. In 2016, topics included:
- Athletic Training: Behind the Scenes of High Rewards
- Rendezvous with #DearPluto: The Little Planet with Heart
- The Heads and Tails of Veterinary Medicine
- Renewable Energy: I’m a Big Fan!
- Architecture: It’s More Than Just a Pretty Face
- How to Become a Lifelong Learner
- And more!
TWISTER 2017 features a wide variety of remarkable woman speakers, including Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet), Jane Grote (Google Fiber), Emily Siner (WPLN), Anna Llewellyn (CDC), and many more. Registration and more information is available at www.adventuresci.org/twister.
TWISTER 2016 connected 105 female high school students to 30 female STEM professionals, who presented 19 engaging sessions, and an additional 31 women from the Nashville community lent their time to make the event a roaring success.
“If I am able to inspire just one girl to consider a STEM career, my goal has been reached,” said Amanda Bell, a TWISTER 2016 presenter from Jackson National Life Insurance.
The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and costs $15 per registrant, which includes workshops, lunch and admission to the Science Center. Participants are encouraged to register soon, as space is limited to the first 125 girls.
TWISTER is presented by Google Fiber and Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Contributing Sponsor: UBS Financial Services, Inc. Program subject to change.